Yokogawa Electric has announced investment in CyberneX Co., Ltd., a Japan-based startup that has developed a compact, lightweight, and high-performance earphone-type device capable of measuring brainwaves in real-time.
CyberneX and Yokogawa will collaborate in the conduct of empirical research to construct a platform for the visualization of information on the mental states of individuals, based on brainwave data.
CyberneX CEO/CTO Motofumi Baba says, “Our mission is to pursue the potential that brain information possesses, and to make it more readily available in everyday life. I believe that gaining a deep understanding of humans will bring about brand-new forms of communication and that this will lead to the development of a wide range of applications. By strengthening our relationship with Yokogawa and constructing a platform for the effective use of brain information, we will help to build a flourishing society and create new industries.”
Tsuyoshi Abe, a Yokogawa Electric Corporation senior vice president and head of the Marketing Headquarters, says, “Against the backdrop of digital transformation, the extent to which technology can bring benefits to humanity will become increasingly important. And in this context, I firmly believe that solutions leveraging brainwave technology will further increase human potential. The industry has seen a shift towards industrial autonomy, and I think that humans and machinesmachines will go on to coexist in a way that leverages their respective characteristics. In society, I think that these technologies will enable humans to live more prosperous lives. We will work to accelerate co-innovation with CyberneX, enabling the creation of new value not only for industry but also in the life science fields.”
The earphone-type device developed by CyberneX is easy to put on and take off, and it can measure brainwaves in real-time and with low noise even when the subject wearing the device is moving.
Leveraging the features of this earphone device, users can receive auditory feedback that guides them to an ideal psychological and physical state. Moving forward, CyberneX is looking into the possibility of using physiological data such as blood pressure and heart rate to obtain deeper insights into the psychological states of human subjects.
Utilizing its measurement, control, and information technologies, Yokogawa provides cutting-edge products and solutions to customers in a wide range of industries all over the world.